Bello's new babe! Maria Bello has split from her girlfriend, Clare Munn, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm — and is now dating a hunky younger man.
The Lights Out star, 48, is romancing Elijah Allan-Blitz, 29, a close pal of Bello tells Us. Bello and Allan-Blitz, a virtual reality director for mindfulness teaching, were friends before becoming an item in August last year.
Bello made headlines in November 2013 when she wrote in a frank New York Times essay that she was in a relationship with a woman. She titled the story "Coming Out as a Modern Family."
"I read about the handful of men and the one woman I had been in romantic relationships with, passages rife with pain and angst. It seemed when I was physically attracted to someone, I would put them in the box of being my 'soul mate' and then be crushed when things didn't turn out as I had hoped," she wrote at the time.
"As I continued to look through photos, I came across a black-and-white one of my best friend and me taken on New Year’s Eve. We looked so happy, I couldn’t help but smile," she continued. "It didn't occur to me, until that soul-searching moment in my garden, that we could perhaps choose to love each other romantically."
Previously, Bello was in a long-term relationship with TV executive Dan McDermott from 1999 to 2006; the exes share 15-year-old son, Jackson. A day after her NYT column, the Coyote Ugly star posted a sweet photo with McDermott, Jackson and Munn on Thanksgiving Day. She captioned the Twitter pic: "Giving thanks for my modern family."
Up next, Bello is set to start filming Trial, the new David E. Kelley series from Amazon.
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